Journalists sentenced to jail in case highlighting media crackdown in Turkey

May 6, 2016 7:17 PM

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Journalists sentenced to jail in case highlighting media crackdown in Turkey

ISTANBUL – A Turkish court sentenced two prominent journalists to five years in prison for “divulging state secrets” Friday in a high-profile case that has drawn international scrutiny and just hours after one of the reporters was nearly killed in an assassination attempt outside the courthouse in Istanbul.

Can Dundar, editor in chief of Turkey’s daily Cumhuriyet newspaper, escaped the attack by an armed assailant unscathed – but was then handed down a five-year sentence for publishing a report on the government’s alleged arms smuggling to Syrian rebels.

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